Tar Heel Girls State Records
Scope and Contents
The Administrative Documents Series contains papers produced while organizing the Girls State conferences, including programs that list daily events and other documents necessary to programming such as ballots, certificates, financial papers, and literature about governmental processes for participants. This series also contains extensive correspondence between administrators, including ALA members Ione Mebane Mann and Ruth Scarborough, who were involved in the program from its early years and participated for several decades, C.O. Phillips, director until 1962, and Clarence Shipton, director from 1963 until 1981.
The Participant Documents Series contains meeting minutes and legislation created by students in the program and contains City Papers, State Papers, and Newsletters. City Papers pertain to the meetings of individual cities, usually comprised of about 30 girls responsible for choosing a style of government, electing officials, and organizing small events throughout the week. State Papers pertain to large-group meetings, where students could campaign for positions and participate in writing and voting on bills. Many of these bills address controversial national issues. Participants also created daily newsletters during the week of Girls State, printing editorials, poems, occurrences from city meetings, jabs at the opposing party, and gossip.
The Newspaper Clippings Series contains clippings from local papers about individual Girls State participants and events throughout the week.
The Audio-Visual Materials Series contains large group photographs of the students from almost every year, as well as several photos of girls elected to official positions. Also included in the series are three phonographic LP records.
- 1940 - 1998
- Majority of material found within 1960 - 1987
- Tar Heel Girls State (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.
Biographical or Historical Information
Girls were selected for participation in the program competitively, based on school performance and good citizenship. Each American Legion post was allowed to send two girls, and at the end of the week, two outstanding leaders were selected to represent North Carolina at Girls Nation in Washington, DC.
4.50 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Tar Heel Girls State Records date from 1940-1998 and contain correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, programs, and newsletters. They document the legislation created by students, meetings of cities, administrative decisions about the program, daily schedules for participants, and special events such as trips and speakers.
Offensive Language Statement
Our finding aids and other collection descriptions may occasionally re-use language provided by creators or former holders of the materials, but we strive to place outdated or offensive terminology in context. That said, we recognize that we may not always make the right decision and welcome feedback from all sources so we can learn and adjust our practices. Please contact us at email@example.com if you encounter problematic language in our finding aids or other collection description. We will review the language and, as appropriate, update it in a way that balances preservation of the original context with our ongoing commitment to describing materials with respectful and inclusive language.
- Tar Heel Girls State Records
- Lauren Wallis and Jennifer Motszko
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note